With Jonathan De Guzman's presumed move to Olympique Marseille looking to have vanished into dust with the resignation of Marcelo Bielsa, he and Napoli have to find a new destination where can ply his midfield trade. After his struggles last season, though, where can De Guzman go that will actually be a team he'd want to join?
The newly-promoted Serie A side is aiming at building themselves into a new power in Serie A under the year-old Joey Saputo ownership reign. They've got a ways to go before they even can guarantee they stay in Italy's top division past this season, though, and so they're looking to bring in a few more players on loan -- including De Guzman.
It's a move that makes sense for Bologna -- they've strengthened several areas of their team this summer and built an intriguing squad, but they are paper thin in midfield. De Guzman had some mighty struggles for Napoli last season, but in a lower-tier team with a different system, he could still make an impact.
Bologna aren't just looking at De Guzman, though, with the rossoblu also rumored to be looking at bringing in Omar El Kaddouri on loan as well. The Moroccan international has failed to impress in Napoli's pre-season friendlies, but after two fairly solid stints at Torino the past two years, Bologna could have an eye at making him one of their main attacking players.
While Napoli would prefer to sell the pair of outbound players, neither seems to have much value at the moment. That would mean a loan could be quite advantageous, especially since Napoli still have several years of contract left on both players. Let them get playing time and build value, and if it helps build a positive relationship with Bologna, all the better. Napoli would love to get their hands on their young Greek defender, Marios Oikonomou, but so far Bologna have resisted those efforts. If these rumored loans help Napoli get their hands on him, then go for it.